What Are Some Common State Laws on Cat Ownership?


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The most common state laws on cat ownership relate to property, anti-cruelty, vaccination, abandonment and trespass, according to the Daily Republic and LLRX. California, Maine and Rhode Island have specific cat laws, states the Michigan State University College of Law. Oklahoma, Washington and Minnesota cover dogs and cats together.

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Washington sets specific rabies vaccination requirements for cats, dogs and ferrets, but they are enforced by local authorities, according to the Washington State Department of Health.

California cat law sets a minimum weaning period for kittens, annual veterinary requirements and proof of ownership if surrendering the cat to a shelter, states the Michigan State University Animal Legal and Historical Center. It also defines the retention period for impounded cats and owner redemption. Most states leave licensing lawmaking to municipalities. Rhode Island is the only state requiring cat licensing, but California law sets licensing, spaying and neutering requirements that apply if a municipality has such requirements.

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